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Long goodbyes: how men in Croatia are the EU's oldest to fly the nest

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By Chris Harris
Long goodbyes: how men in Croatia are the  EU's oldest to fly the nest

<p>Young men in Croatia stay at home with their parents well into their 30s – the longest in the EU.</p> <p>They are 33 years old on average before they are ready to fly the nest, according to new data released by Eurostat.</p> <p>It’s a trend replicated elsewhere in southern Europe, especially Italy and Malta, whose young men also wait until beyond their 30th birthday to quit the parental home.</p> <p>The issue has been compounded by rising youth unemployment, EU data shows.</p> <p>Countries that have seen the proportion of under-25s out of work grow by more than five percent over the last decade have also seen a hike in the age at which young adults move out.</p> <script id="infogram_0_average_age_leaving_home" title="Average age leaving home" src="//e.infogr.am/js/dist/embed.js?XeM" type="text/javascript"></script> <p>Italy, Cyprus, Spain, Greece and Ireland have all seen their young adults more reluctant to quit their parents over the decade to 2015.</p> <p>Scandinavians leave home at the youngest age in the EU. Swedes, for example, are just 19.7 years old on average when they move out.</p> <p>Overall, EU men leave home later than women. Males are 27.2 years old when they fly the nest, compared with an average of 25.1 for females.</p> <p>Data published by the Pew Research Center last year revealed that 32.1 percent of 18-34 year olds in the US live with their parents, the highest level since the Great Depression.</p> <script id="infogram_0_leaving_home_vs_youth_unemployment" title="Leaving home vs youth unemployment" src="//e.infogr.am/js/dist/embed.js?5To" type="text/javascript"></script> <p><strong>Main picture credit:</strong> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnfish/4731506293/in/photolist-8d7cYH-bbBnXr-84ykie-n5MAB-mMaia-cex1k-S9E163-Rwathq-SvVqru-8wCCL2-ZqDpz-85wSpd-qAid6L-SvFxTk-SyBvK2-qGyxkU-qKLQ1t-3czyVT-A64GHa-pBaPGx-8vVBn2-smRSkj-RND2eC-8ktTky-7YJqM8-S3RSGn-U4cBdf-kKZytZ-6J9DYq-5EtezA-88bgji-o8T1Ft-28pqQK-bA1ZY9-iNpH9k-nVbxhF-8vVkac-agphCX-RNDPYf-7Dt7oJ-pQATFJ-81JzLb-dtET9C-mcgu-JfQ1oL-8TeE6U-paAwBL-ffJZqK-b5AEH4-81kX52">John&Fish</a> (Flickr)</p>